5 Ways Nick Lidstrom's Return Helps the Detroit Red Wings

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5 Ways Nick Lidstrom's Return Helps the Detroit Red Wings
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Red Wings fans, you can put the rabbits' feet away. The prayer beads helped. The chanting can stop---at least for one more year. Uncross your fingers.

Nick Lidstrom is coming back for another "kick at the can."

Lidstrom, 41, announced today in a conference call with GM Kenny Holland that retirement can wait. The skates won't be hung up for good—just for the summer.

“The reason for why it took so long was that I wanted to make sure I found the motivation, that I was ready to commit to the workouts over the summer to be ready for next season,” Lidstrom said in the conference call, according to a story in today's Detroit Free Press.

“I started working out a few weeks ago, just to make sure that I had the motivation and still have the commitment to do everything to get ready," the Red Wings captain added.

Lidstrom said that his strong 2010-11 season (he had 16 goals and 46 assists for 62 points, becoming the first defenseman past age 40 in NHL history to record that many points in a season) played a big role in his decision to come back.

Here are five reasons why all of Hockeytown is saying, "Hallelujah!!"

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